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The world-building is inadequate and the storyline is erratic. There are some good performances here, but the movie as a whole doesn’t work.
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U.S. Release Date: 2021-11-24
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Director: Jared Bush, Byron Howard
Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Rhenzy Feliz, Wilmer Valderrama, Diane Guerrero, Carolina Gaitan, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Mauro Castillo, John Leguizamo, Maria Cecilia Botero, Adassa
A welcome maturation of animation beyond the conventional American standard into something both family-friendly and thought-provoking.
Regardless of how much how much has been softened to suit the movie’s perspective, the end result is compelling drama with top-notch performances and a feel-good denouement.
The surprisingly intimate result is enjoyable in the moment but the mental footprint fades rather quickly.
Nostalgia remains the main selling point and viewers attending for that reason won’t be disappointed.
In addition to being Branagh’s most personal film, it’s also his most intimate, and is unquestionably one of 2021’s most affecting motion pictures
You can have The Rock, Wonder Woman, and Deadpool, but it doesn’t mean much if they don’t have clever things to say and meaningful things to do.
The underlying idea is intriguing and observing the main character's behavior has the same appeal as watching a train wreck, but the conclusion is unsatisfying.